NHS Pay

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:31 pm on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 1:31 pm, 13th September 2017

I am going to make some progress and then I will give way further. I want to talk about the recruitment issues raised by Catherine West and others, but I wish to conclude on the point about financial discipline, of which Opposition Members are so critical. The consequences for a Government of losing financial discipline are not just pay freezes and 1% caps, but 1 million people unemployed—as a result of that recession post-2008. Every Labour Government in modern times has left office with unemployment higher than when they arrived. That is why this afternoon’s motion is so bogus, because the difference between the Government and the Opposition is not about a desire to invest in public services; it is about the ability to deliver a strong economy so that we can make that investment.